MARK’S ARTICLES

Christmas Victim?

  By Mark Rodgers There are few seasons in America during which religion’s place in the public square is as hotly debated as Christmas.  This year, however, the context has not just been church-state separation, but our culture’s growing victim complex.  ...

Hell. Is it Real?

By Mark Rodgers Last week Paris, the City of Love, was a battleground of Hell.   And it was real.  And most people say the rampant killing was an act of pure evil.  For a secularized West, there are no categories for hell or an encounter with evil.  The religious wars...

When Do You Stand Your Ground?

By Mark Rodgers Earlier this month another senseless school shooting stole the future from young lives.  The political responses to the mass shooting in Oregon ranged from the Lt. Governor of Tennessee calling on “serious” Christians to arm themselves, to President...

Our Heroic Redemptive Journey

By Mark Rodgers Heroes give us “a sense of the possible.”   -President François Hollande The everyman story of the American and British heroes risking their lives for others on the train from Amsterdam to Paris last week will live in our memory for a time, but is...

Dear Jack, Too

  By Mark Rodgers Several months ago I shared my reflections on Jack Heaslip, the traveling pastor for U2, whose death recently was compounded for the band by the unexpected death of their longstanding tour manager. This month, I sadly have to share my...

The AI End Game

  By Mark Rodgers “It seems probable that once the machine thinking method had started, it would not take long to outstrip our feeble powers. They would be able to converse with each other to sharpen their wits. At some stage therefore, we should have to expect...

Polishing Brass at the End of the World

By Mark Rodgers Eschatology is the field of theological study concerned with the final events in human history.  The term may be hard to pronounce and appear spiritually and future-focused, but what one believes about the future has an impact on today. A recent...

Dear Jack

  [Photo: Dan Hardesty (The Last Bison), Drew Shirley (Switchfoot) and Jack Heaslip spend time together at a Wedgwood Artists’ Retreat] By Mark Rodgers Over the years I got to know Jack Heaslip, and a taste of the wisdom that he shared with his...

Beauty out of Ugliness

By Mark Rodgers Last week, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was brutally murdered by the the extremist group ISIS. The incident unfortunately reminds us that religiously motived intolerance can lead to brutal oppression, but it also occurred in a week that marks a...

Songs of the Nation: Sacred and Secular

By Mark Rodgers It wasn’t just Christmas music that pumped spiritual sentiments through your speakers in December.   Four of the biggest songs on the airways were drenched with religious language, but reflecting and possibly furthering the growing sacred/secular split...

FROM OUR NEWSLETTER

Can Film Inform Our Politics?

By Mark Rodgers The Clapham Group is founded, in part, on the understanding that culture is upstream of politics.  As a Christian, I have a set of convictions that inform my politics (see Andy Crouch’s excellent piece in Christianity Today on the Presidential...

A Look at the Post-Election Play on Poverty

By Kiki Bradley For many in this election cycle, the issue of poverty and inequality and a chance to achieve the American Dream certainly has played a big role.  Bernie Sanders elevated this to the forefront of his campaign and even Donald Trump visited several...

The Sheen Center Exhibits Artifacts based on “Silence” Novel

Exhibition Opening, Thursday, October 20 at 5:30pm More Partnerships catalyzes conversation around important issues of faith, hope, love and family with this new, powerful and experiential exhibit. Touching on themes of theodicy, suffering, and persecution, Stepping...

U2 at 40: How Bono’s band became icons of rock by singing about God

Via Premier Christianity On Saturday, 25th September 1976, four teenagers decided to get together to make music. Forty years of faith-fuelled songs later, Steve Stockman charts the spiritual journey of Saint Bono and his band. When the annals of 20th and 21st Century...

“The Vessel” in Theaters Nationwide!

By Phebe Meyer, Junior, College of William and Mary; Introduction by Mark Rodgers I’ve had the privilege to work with a number of films and filmmakers over the past several years, and in a few cases as a producer (of sorts), but few have given me as much...

Faith Leaders on Restorative Justice

The Clapham Group supports a wide variety of policy reform efforts from foster care reform to global health and energy initiatives through the work of our philanthropic and non-profit clients. During the past year, one particularly encouraging area that we’ve been...

“I Have a Dream…”

By Branden Polk “I Have a Dream.” Interesting how those words continue to strike my heart with such meaning and urgency. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. orated with clarity and passion his dream for a nation. That dream now pursues to live on in me, and so many...

Four Ways We Can Create an Opportunity “Bounce”

BY KIKI BRADLEY AND MARK RODGERS This week marks the 20th anniversary of the historic welfare reform legislation passed by the Republican Congress and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. We both worked as senior staff throughout the bill’s formation and...